Skate with Browned Butter

Skate with Browned Butter recipe

Skate is somewhat uncommon fish, but food blogger Marc Matsumoto explains it's characteristics on the Fresh Tastes blog.

Yield: 2 servings



  • 250 grams (8.8 ounces) skate, (2 small fillets)
  • salt and pepper
  • flour for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • zest of 1/2 lemon


  1. Use paper towels to pat the skate dry and then salt and pepper both sides. Dust the fillets with a light coating of flour.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet until hot and then add the skate. Let it fry undisturbed until it's browned on one side, and then flip and brown the other side. To see if it's done you can either cut into a thick part and see if it's no longer pink, or you can use an instant read thermometer (140 degrees F at the thickest part).
  3. When the skate it done transfer it to a serving platter and then pour all the remaining oil out of the pan.
  4. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Once the foaming subsides the butter should start to brown. Stir constantly until it reaches a medium brown color and then turn off the heat and whisk in the lemon juice. This will spatter a lot, so be careful.
  5. Add the capers, parsley and lemon zest and then pour the sauce of the skate and serve.
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